Companion Planting Basics

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Get companion planting basics for tomato, beans, peppers, and squash. Implement companion planting in your garden and have a bumper crop this year. | PreparednessMama

Implement companion planting in your garden The practice of companion planting has been around for generations. We see the principle working brilliantly when the three sisters – corn, beans, and squash – are planted together. Each crop is doing its part to sustain the other. “Companion planting is about marrying plants that work well together […]

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Grow a Bumper Crop of Basil in Containers

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Basil is one of the most popular herbs to grow for culinary creations and you can easily grow basil in containers. Find out how to get a bumper crop for pesto and cooking | PreparednessMama

Basil and containers go together Basil is one of the most popular herbs to grow for culinary creations and you can easily grow basil in containers. After all, who can resist a batch of fresh pesto made from basil growing in your own yard! As soon as the weather turns I begin growing basil in […]

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Growing a Lavender Hedge Year 2

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There isn't much maintenance with my lavender hedge year 2, it's looking great. A bit of compost and a bit of cleaning and you’ll be enjoying a wonderfully fragrant summer harvest | PreparednessMama

Last year I put a new garden in my Central Texas yard. It’s a 30×50 foot experiment that’s been a lot of fun. I’ve had successes and failures a plenty as I learn to garden in the South. The biggest success is my lavender hedge. Year two looks to be even better than the last. […]

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10 Reasons Seed Catalogs are Still Relevant Today

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10 Reasons seed catalogs are still relevant in the age of online shopping | PreparednessMama

Garden Dreaming?  Use Seed Catalogs for Ideas to Plan Your Garden 10 Reasons seed catalogs are still relevant in the age of online shopping. These weeks after Christmas are one of my most favorite times of the year. I love the possibilities of the New Year and the way we are naturally encouraged to start […]

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Trench Composting Basics

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Trench Composting is an easy and inexpensive way to get nutrients into your garden soil when you don't have room for a compost bin. | PreparednessMama

When you don’t have room for a compost bin. Trench Composting is an easy and inexpensive way to get nutrients into your garden soil when you don’t have room for a compost bin. Many years ago in another city, I made friends with a wise master gardener. She had the same love of gardening that […]

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How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seed

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How to save heirloom tomato seeds using the fermentation process | PreparednessMama

Seed Self-Reliance This year I grew Mortgage Lifter tomatoes, an heirloom variety known for its huge fruit and excellent taste. You’ve got to love the name! Unfortunately, the plants did not do well in my new garden plot and I only had a few tomatoes for fresh eating. Fortunately, I gave a few plants to […]

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